Who is top cat?

by Sara
(United Kingdom)

I have an 18 month cat who is very loving.

There is a cat next door is a lot older and bigger and I am not sure of who is the boss of these two, as my cat come running in some days with this other one running through the hedger minutes after.

When he walks through out garden if he sees my cat he goes into slow motion literally as he walks past my cat and will not start to walk normally again until he is out of sight of my cat? Is he winding my cat up because he knows that my cat will just sit there and wait for him to pass or he is sneaking past because my cat loves to chase anything that moves?

Also they sit in the garden with my cat sitting up and this other cat laying in front of him, and my cat will not move even if you shake his treat bag, which he comes running for on every other occasion.

So I am trying to work out if the cat next door is dominating my little cat with his behaviour?

Answer from Kate
Sound to me like neither and that they are friends playing wit ach other. The behavior you describe sounds like play to me.

I have two boy cats who play similarly with each other and other cats in the area. Cats who do not get along or who are trying to claim dominance is far more obvious and aggressive and would result in some fights and scratches etc. So i think in your case this is just play and that both cats like to play top cat from time to time.

best wishes kate

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